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29 ARTISANMADEUK CRAFTMANSHIP AND ART Held at the quirky and cool working cattle market, Skipton Auction Mart, ArtisanMadeuk is an art and craft trade show with a difference IN BRIEF: WHO: ArtisanMadeuk, WHERE: Skipton Auction Mart, North Yorkshire WHEN: 23rd-24th March, 2024 ArtisanMadeuk returns for its second year in Skipton, North Yorkshire on Saturday, March 23rd, and Sunday, March 24th, 2024, promising a unique experience in the realm of art and crafts trade shows. What sets ArtisanMadeuk apart is its exclusive focus on 100 percent British handmade products. The development of this event was a brainstorm of thoughts from an event organiser and a small team of artists and makers who, disillusioned by other trade shows, decided to create something exceptional. Previous experiences had left them disheartened, with exorbitant exhibition costs driving new entrants away from the market. Their fees seemed to be invested in extravagant venue appearances, leaving exhibitors cramped in diminutive spaces to showcase their work. A FOCUS ON CRAFTMANSHIP ArtisanMadeuk breaks away from this norm. Held at a working cattle auction mart, exhibitors set up shop in cleaned-out cattle pens. Forget about white carpets and posh drapes; here, it’s all about concrete and metal. The focus, however, remains on the art and craftsmanship on display, rather than the opulence of the surroundings. Exhibitors find relief in the fact that the cost to exhibit is approximately a quarter of what they’d pay at comparable events, and the absence of exorbitant charges for amenities like plug sockets ensures a more accessible platform. Not to mention, the exhibition space itself is more generous, providing a larger canvas for artists and makers. ArtisanMadeuk stands out as an event created by artists and makers, for artists and makers. REMARKABLE GROWTH Andy Lynan, the event organiser, underscores the suitability of an auction mart as a venue, stating: “An auction mart may seem like a really unsuitable venue, but it’s really not.”